September | October 2016

OJJDP Awards $283 Million in Grants in Fiscal Year 2016

In fiscal year (FY) 2016, OJJDP awarded approximately $283 million to help at-risk youth, protect children, and improve juvenile justice systems nationwide. The 352 awards were made through discretionary and formula grant funding.

Approximately $243 million in discretionary grants was awarded in FY 2016. OJJDP awarded about $81 million to support youth mentoring programs. More than $28 million was awarded under the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children program, which offers critical intervention and prevention services to families and supports law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local levels in cases involving missing and exploited children. In addition, the Office distributed $25.6 million to state and local law enforcement agencies under its Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program to support joint federal, state, and local efforts to investigate and prosecute technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children and to keep children safe from Internet predators. Also in FY 2016, OJJDP awarded more than $8 million in Second Chance Act funding and nearly $4 million under the Smart on Juvenile Justice initiative to improve outcomes for justice-system involved youth.

Discretionary grants were awarded in a range of other areas, including statewide juvenile justice reform, youth access to legal representation, trauma-informed care, reentry, children’s exposure to violence, youth violence prevention, anti-gang strategies, girls in the juvenile justice system, tribal youth, youth with sexual behavior problems, and youth and family drug courts.

Funding through formula grants is available to states and territories through the state agency designated by the Governor. Juvenile Justice Specialists in each state administer the funding through subgrants to units of local government, local private agencies, and federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native jurisdictions for programs in accordance with legislative requirements. In FY 2016, OJJDP awarded more than $40 million under the Prison Rape Elimination Act and Title II Formula Grants programs.

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For more information about the Office’s awards, visit OJJDP’s Funding webpage.